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Old 08-17-12, 07:50 PM   #1
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Well, that is just pretty all over.

Head tube decal, combining the 'star' motif with a flame-like font, just screams something (I think it might be 'fast'?).

Nice lugs (!), and gotta love the small, quality local/regional builders. I'm guessing this 'Franklin' wasn't the same who once wrote:

"Fond pride of dress, is sure a very curse; Eer fancy you consult, consult your purse."

I think I like this Franklin better.

That one might've approved of the very practical cassette range, though. How big is that rear cog, anyways?
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Indeed a nice bicycle. I've only ever seen one other in the flesh, but it was quite nice. Jack Franklin is the did the paintwork on my 1949 Hercules Kestrel earlier this year. Do you know what year this bike is?
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Well, that is just pretty all over.

That one might've approved of the very practical cassette range, though. How big is that rear cog, anyways?

It's a 32. That's about right for my 53 year old legs to go up and down the hollers of Hocking County.
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It's a 32. That's about right for my 53 year old legs to go up and down the hollers of Hocking County.
Hey, I don't know Hocking County, but I'd be happy with it when home in Vancouver, BC. Practicality trumps its alternatives...
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That's an awesome bike, really like the frame and parts. Ride it well!
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Franklin Frames, Inc is named after Franklin County, Ohio, the home of his shop.

Jack's last name escapes me at the moment but it isn't Franklin. He told me the story in one of several telephone conversations I had with him in the process of repainting/restoring a Tim
Issacs frame. He said that it's such a common and frequent mistake that he doesn't even bother correcting people anymore.

His work as a frame maker and as a painter are indeed first class. Jack's work is so consistently good that he does contract work on the quiet for some of the better known painters when they have overflow schedules.

The Issacs frame was a particular challenge because it had some formidable rust issues, plus 11 separate and different decals which had to be replicated. Every reproduction was spot on. And his delivery promise was met as agreed. Impressive.

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That's one sweet ride!
How long was the wait? I heard it's lengthy,but worth it.

In fact I just talked to him him today about dropping off my old Trek for a repaint.
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That's an awesome bike, really like the frame and parts. Ride it well!
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Some very nice features.

Should be a great rider.
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Old 08-18-12, 11:19 AM   #13
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Nice! Long cage DuraAce rear derailleur!?
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Long cage DuraAce rear derailleur!?

Yup. And I have a long cage Ultegra on my Bob Jackson. Both handle 32 with aplomb.
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Great looking uncommon ride.
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Wow, love the cable/toptube treatment. Jack is refinishing a fork for me...now I'm really stoked to get it back!!
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Franklin Frames, Inc is named after Franklin County, Ohio, the home of his shop.

Jack's last name escapes me at the moment but it isn't Franklin. He told me the story in one of several telephone conversations I had with him in the process of repainting/restoring a Tim
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The Issacs frame was a particular challenge because it had some formidable rust issues, plus 11 separate and different decals which had to be replicated. Every reproduction was spot on. And his delivery promise was met as agreed. Impressive.

Cheers,

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Appreciate the info, Julian. I just assumed that 'Franklin' was the name of the fellow who made it all happen. One should never assume...

Sounds (and looks) like he is very much on top of his game.
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Love the bike but the stem kinda looks outa place
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+1 for the stem, other than the stem's "different" appearance the bike is beautiful. As said the lugs are very striking and well executed. I'm with you on the cassette you have on her. Should be a great ride, I am sure you treasure it.

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Rest assured the stem is history. Not so much because of the way it looks, but it's too long. I'll replace it with a Nitto. I have a 100mm Pearl I might use for it.
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